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USS Constitution, Boston

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The USS Constitution Museum preserves and shares the stories of "Old Ironsides" and those who shaped her history with minds-on, hands-on exhibits and programs for all ages.

The USS Constitution Museum and the USS Constitution (the Ship) are operated by different organizations. See the Ship's website (http://www.navy.mil/local/constitution/) for the most up-to-date information about the Ship's public visitation hours.
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  • Worlds oldest commissioned warship afloat. An impressive site when you consider the era in which it was built. During its active time at sea it carried between 450-500 sailors. It was the first warshi...  more »
  • I have been to "Old Ironsides" four times, each visit was great, what a beautiful ship. The first two times were really perfect visits b/c I was able to fully tour all public areas. My third visit was...  more »
  • This is a real piece of American History. This is an active part of the U.S. Navy. Do not leave Boston without boarding this ship. You will be given a guided tour by an active duty sailor. We were ble...  more »
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  • Very informative! Learned so much about the history and significance of the famed warship and why it's such a national treasure. It's great that it has survived all these years and preserved for future generations. The museum also lets visitors experience what it was like for personnel of various ranks to work in the warship in its heyday and discusses their motivations for enlisting. The exhibition is quite comprehensive. I'd say allot two hours to see everything at a comfortable pace. It's pay-as-you-wish all the time, with $5 to $10 as the the suggested donation. We arrived from downtown Boston via the Charlestown Ferry. From the Charlestown ferry station, it's about a 10-minute walk to the museum.
  • I've been here a number of times and it never ceases to be interesting. It's a great experience for those who have an interest in Naval History and also for those who don't. I'd certainly recommend going if you're in the area.
  • As far as US Military national parks go this is a great one. In addition to the restored vessel itself, which is very cool, there is also a museum ashore. This deals with the history of shipbuilding and naval activity in Boston in a fun, interactive, and informative way. Its great for student trips or for adult day excursions.
  • FREE?! I loved this tour. It’s full of history and interesting facts. The small museum is great as well. The people conducting the tour were full of information and seemed passionate about the history behind the constitution.
  • The museum and the boat are two separate entities so if you want to go to the boat you have to go to a different place. The boat is a 5 out of 5 stars and the museum is 3 out of 5 stars so together they are 4 out of 5. The tour guide was great. The views here are special.

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